Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post: Former Miami receiver Lamar Thomas was fired from his job as an analyst of a cable sports outlet because of his on-air comments during the Hurricanes' brawl with Florida International.

Charlie Nobles, New York Times: Miami president Donna Shalala said coach Larry Coker's job is secure through the end of the season (registration)

Paul Strelow, Columbia State: The Miami-Florida International brawl brought back memories of a 2004 fight between Clemson and South Carolina.

Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson apologized for making an obscene gesture toward West Virginia fans.

Molly Yanity, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback's college career is over after an injury to his right foot.

Dan Zeiger, East Valley Tribune: Arizona State's Dirk Koetter said his decision to punt with less than two minutes remaining against USC "probably was a mistake on my part."

Norm Wood, Daily Press: Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer is trying to restore order. He started by dismissing defensive end William Wall from the team.

Curt McKeever, Lincoln Journal Star: Big 12 stock report. What's wrong with Kansas? A defense that struggles to stop the pass, for starters.

Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: Big 12 notebook. Texas A&M's Jorvorskie Lane broke 18 tackles in rushing for 127 yards against Missouri.

Tim MacMahon, Dallas Morning News: Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's offense is shooting nothing but blanks (registration).

Steve Wozniak, South Bend Tribune: Don't believe all the hype about UCLA's defense. Why? Look at who the Bruins have played.

Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: A look at the week that was, starting with Heisman frontrunner Troy Smith.

Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun: The Southeastern Conference has ruled that the fumble call on Florida quarterback Chris Leak in the loss to Auburn was correct.

Scott Ferrell, Shreveport Times: Is the Southeastern Conference too strong for its own good?

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